All set for annual Lankan charity bazaar in Riyadh
Published: Jan 25, 2012 01:39 Updated: Jan 25, 2012 01:39
RIYADH: Extensive arrangements are being made by the Sri Lankan Expatriates Society (SLES) in Riyadh to hold its annual charity bazaar from 4.p.m., at the Sri Lankan Embassy premises in Riyadh on Thursday.
This is one of the major fund-raising programs of the SLES held annually in aid of its free medical camps organized for the community members at the Sri Lankan International School in Riyadh on Fridays. All types of consultancy services including ECG are offered free-of-charge to Sri Lankan expatriates in the Kingdom.
SLES Vice President Shameel Hameed, who is in charge of the medical camps, said the first medical camp was organized by the society 18 years ago to provide medical services to those community members who did not get medical treatment from their companies. Currently, he said two doctors, Dr. Mohammed Shaheed and Dr. Quintus Silva, pediatrician and general practitioner respectively, offer medical assistance to both children and adults.
Visitors to the camp can check their blood pressure and glucose level at a special pavilion, put up by the Sun City Polyclinic located in the heart of the Batha shopping center in the capital. Dr. Bakry Mackeen, Sri Lankan medical practitioner working for the clinic told Arab News that clinical tests will be done free-of-charge for the visitors to the exhibition.
“This is a service which will be offered by the clinic to all the visitors as part of its health awareness program,” he said.
Speaking about the forthcoming event, SLES President S. Thangasamy said the fair will be open to all irrespective of nationalities or faiths. A wide range of items will be available for sale at nominal prices. “We are planning to host different exhibitors ranging from Jewelry, clothes, food items, handicraft, books, music (Karaoke Stall), instruments, ornaments, garage sale, games and activities for children, face painting and fast food stalls selling typical Sri Lankan dishes.
“We also request Sri Lankans to donate used, unused or surplus items to the charity fair, where we can re-sell them in our garage sale,” Thangasamy said adding that arrangements can also be made to pick up such items from the doorsteps of the donors.
Taken from Arab News.